Tuesday

6th Dec 2016

Analysis

Serbia and the convenient spy

The manufactured cold war between Croatia and Serbia has been a convenient distraction from some of Serbia's domestic problems.

Opinion

EU's Kosovo meddling risks Balkans chaos

The EU and the US are is unfairly pressuring Kosovo to ratify a border deal with Montenegro against the will of the opposition. It could bring trouble to the Western Balkans region.

News in Brief

  1. Belarus and Latvia to sign defence pact
  2. EU commission to help oversee foreign gas deals
  3. Poland challenges EU decision on Russian gas
  4. Idea of road transport agency gains momentum among MEPs
  5. EU dismisses euro crisis risk after Italian referendum
  6. Italy result poses no risk to the EU, Sapin says
  7. EU asked to clarify links to Iran executions
  8. Italian economy minister tipped as caretaker PM
Croatia and Serbia in war of words

The 1990's wars are again straining relations between Croatia and Serbia amid reinterpretation on both sides of World War Two memories.

Erdogan renews death penalty call

Turkey's president Erdogan on Sunday repeated his call to reintroduce the death penalty at a rally of some 1 million people. Meanwhile, Austria wants an end to all EU accession talks with Turkey following Erdogan's increasing grip on power.

Bosnia political divisions laid bare in census row

Bosnia must publish much-delayed census data before 1 July, otherwise its EU membership bid could be torpedoed. It could radically alter the quota-based governing system put in place after the war.

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War crimes law poisons Serbia accession talks

Croatia wants its neighbour to scrap a law on universal juridiction in the former Yugoslavia. The request is delaying the opening of a new chapter of negotiations.

EU dismayed as Macedonia crisis reignites

A decision to pardon everybody under investigation for electoral fraud has reignited a political crisis in Macedonia - a front-line state in the EU refugee crisis.

Analysis

Bosnia's EU application masks turmoil

The former Yugoslavia republic said it will formally apply to the EU next Monday. But the country still faces a number of underlying problems that make accession an unrealistic possibility in the short term.

Montenegro opens two EU accession chapters

The Western Balkan state is the third country in a week to see its membership talks move on, in a drive to boost enlargement policy in face of the migration crisis.

Opinion

EU must press Turkey on press freedom

The migrant crisis is an opportunity for the EU and Turkey to put relations on a new footing. The EU should start by defending journalists from draconian laws.